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Review: HP Veer 4G

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The Veer is a hard device to categorize. To be sure, its small size will appeal to many. The size comes with trade-offs, however, such as the scrunched keyboard, and lack of standard connectors. If you have small fingers and don't care much about what plugs into the Veer, then perhaps these can be overlooked.

The menu and basic feature set of webOS are decent, but have barely advanced in the two years since the platform debuted. Email, SMS, MMS, IM and social networking function fine, but quality of voice calls leaves something to be desired. If you're more of a texter, then maybe call quality isn’t vital to you.

The Veer's media powers are limited. Sure, it plays back music, and takes decent pictures, but connectivity options (such as sending content to a TV) are sadly missing.

There's no arguing that the Veer offers a lot in a small package, and the $99 price point is certainly attractive. With the data plan costing the same as any other smartphone on AT&T's network, though, I'd carefully consider what else AT&T offers for $99.

In the larger scheme of things, HP needs to veer in another direction if it wants to sell its hardware.

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